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Kelowna inches closer to West final with 5-2 win over injury-plagued Tri-City

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Kelowna Rockets moved within one win of advancing to the Western Conference Finals after handing the shorthanded Tri-City Americans a 5-2 loss Friday night to take a 3-2 semifinal series lead in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Jamie Benn had a pair of assists and Mark Guggenberger finished with 24 saves as the Rockets won in Kennewick for the first time since Feb. 25, 2006, a string of nine straight losses.

Lucas Bloodoff, Ian Duval, Stepan Novotny, Mikael Backlund and Colin Long all scored for the Rockets, who can advance with a victory Sunday on home ice.

The Americans, playing without top scorers Mitch Fadden and Jason Reese because of injuries, got goals from Petr Stoklasa and Jordan Messier. Chet Pickard finished with 22 saves for Tri-City.

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